Testing the Leighton Denny Tanning range {gifted}

Beauty

I recently just got sent the brand new tanning range from Leighton Denny, I get sent so may tans, and I never really get around to reviewing them, so I have made a conscious effort this month to review these.

My initial impressions are that the products have a really cool and sleek feel to them, they are not overly bulky or huge bottles that you are never going to finish, instead they are the perfect size. I also like the fact that the bottles are black, meaning that no matter how many fake tan accidents you have it wont show and the bottle wont start to look manky and brown. 

I really like that Leighton has bought out a face tan along with body tans. There is a gradual tanner, which is normally my go to keep my tan topped up during the summer months and then an tanning mousse which develops in a few hours. 

My experience

Last night I tested out the mousse and the face tan, this morning when I woke up I looked like I had just nipped over to the Caribbean over night.

Applying the mousse was a really nice experience, the tanning mit that comes with the products had more of a silk feel to it, so the product glided on really smoothly. It did have a guide colour so it was easy to see where you had applied it.

When I woke up in the morning I was very very dark, bordering on the lines of too dark. I panicked and jumped in the shower with a body scrub hoping to undo the bits which had turned really bad. the worse bits, were my hands and feet, which I feel always are the hardest part of your body to tan. But once I was out of the shower and the guide colour had washed away I was looking a lot more bronzed than umpa lompa. I definitely look more brown than orange, but I would say it’s just a little bit outside my comfort zone for the moment, come the summer months when I have a natural tan I think it will look amazing.

The facial tan seems to have a very similar concept to the mousse, it seems to have developed over night and is not a gradual face tan which is what I’ve previously tried from other brands. Once again, I think this will be better suited for me in the summer months with a natural tan. I also like that the moisturiser contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin e so its also a pretty good night cream!

Spring Evening Skincare Routine

Beauty

To start my skincare routine off every evening, I use Dermalogica Pre Cleanse*, this is an oil which you massage into dry skin and it removes pretty much all your make up, including waterproof mascara! I then use the Special Cleansing Gel* to cleanse my face, this contains lots of great skin ingredients and I find this especially good helping with my spots. The third step to cleansing is using the Daily Microfoliant*, this contains little rice granules and gently exfoliates your skin, removing all the bad stuff. 

Masking is the next step, I have a separate blogpost going up of my favourite masks, but for todays post I have picked two from Pixi Beauty which I like to use a duo. I apply the Peel & Polish* first and massage that in before I rinse it off, then I apply the Glow Mud Mask* which helps with blemishes. 

I use the Pixi Glow Tonic* toner every night with out fail, this is so good as another exfoliation step, and making my skin feel super fresh and glowy. 

On the nights when I’m feeling extra bougie I like to use the Pixi DetoxifEYE* eye patches along with the Glycolic Boost* sheet mask. 

To add in extra hydration and help with acne scaring I use two pumps of Aloe Vera Gel*, I find this really refreshing and cooling on my skin especially in the summer. Under my eyes I apply the Freshly Cosmetics Eye Serum* followed by the Freshly Cosmetics Golden Radiance Oil*.

And finally, I apply Pixi Beauty Rose Ceramide Cream* just before I go to sleep to lock in all the moisture.

*gifted

What’s in my travel skincare bag

Beauty

Over the Easter Holiday I am taking a quick trip to Genoa in Italy, I will only be taking carry on baggage so I have narrowed down my skincare into this lovely travel toiletry bag from Pixi*. 

In the top section I have included 3 masks, 2 sheet masks and one liquid mask. I chose to pack the Pixi Glow Mud Mask* as I figured this one will be the most helpful incase I get breakouts whilst away. I then have packed two sheets masks, one from Pixi* and one from Soap and Glory. These will be really helpful to my skin both nights I am away as they will provide my skin with extra hydration, especially after flying. 

As for the rest of my skincare I have been really fortunate and been sent loads of Dermalogica minis which are the perfect size for traveling. I use Dermalogica on a daily basis, so it’s really nice to be able to take them on holiday with me as well to keep to a routine. I have packed the Pre Cleanse, Special Ceansing Gel and Microfoliant* as these are my night time staples. I have then been able to decant some of my larger Pixi Glow Tonix* into a smaller bottle so I can still use my regular toner. And then for the creams and serums, I have just picked out a selection from Dermalogica* which I will try out over there.

*gifted

Zoella x Colourpop Makeup Collection

Beauty

When I saw the launch of this collaboration, I was going to buy anything, but as the day went on I decided I NEEDED just a few things from it, so I went ahead and ordered it as it was free shipping to the UK.

I really only picked up things I knew I would use, I really loved the look of the palette, but it was nothing different to other palettes I already owned, so I refrained, along with the red lipstick (which I massively regret not buying).

I chose the blush, as I don’t own a lot of blushes, a liquid eyeshadow as I don’y own any! and finally a liquid matte lipstick as I wanted to try the formula out. My total came to $25 which I don’t think is a bad price for three really good quality products. 

I have had the liquid matte lipsticks a few years ago, and I wasn’t that impressed with them, I found them to be really drying and they peeled off my lips. But as Zoe always raves about them, and she has created her own shade I figured they had changed the formula, and they have. I chose the shade @me, this is a pinky nude, pretty much my perfect everyday lip. 

The blush is absolutely beautiful, the packaging is really cute and its such a nice big size. The shade is also a really good match for me for my everyday makeup.   

Trying out Natural Collection Makeup

Beauty

I think we can all fall into the hype of only using certain brands, or brands which we see all over the internet, but recently I’ve started lowering the price point of my makeup, and seeing if the cheaper versions are as good as the more expensive. So today I will be sharing my opinions on Natural Collection which can be bought at Boots, everything in their line is super affordable and everything is under £3. I decided to try out a waterproof mascara, and two highlighters.

I picked up this mascara as it was waterproof and I needed a new waterproof one for work, I think the packaging is super cute and I love the design. I wasn’t expecting a lot from it as it’s really cheap and I initially was not very impressed with the brush, I like a more rounder fluffy brush. But I am happy to say that this brush applied the mascara so well, it was really easy to build up and create volume and length without it going clumpy! 

Next up, I saw these highlighter sticks, I LOVE the Glossier Haloscope, so I was hoping I would be able to find a cheap dupe and be happy. This is in the shade Coral Glow, the colour instantly reminds me of Nars Orgasm which is great! I feel like this is much more of a blush shade, rather than a highlighter, but I will experiment more with it as a highlighter in the summer once I have more of a tan. 
The product blends really easy and it’s really easy to build up to create a more vibrant shade. As a highlighter, not really my thing, but as a blush, it’s perfect. 

The second highlighter I picked up was in the shade Rose Glow, this is much more a icy cooler tone, which does remind me of Haloscope! It is much more like a highlighter than the pinky shade, it blends really well and has an amazing sheen to it!

I would say Natural Collection Makeup is worth the money, it’s worth trying to see what products you can switch out and how to save a little bit of money! 

March Favourites

Beauty

My first favourite is the Pixi Glow Tonic* which was kindly sent to me, and is personalised! I have been using this every night since the beginning of the year and love it, I feel this has really helped my skin, preventing breakouts and even the texture. 

As for my favourite scent, I am obsessed with the new fragrance from Ariana Grande, Cloud*. I was sent this back in January and have worn it pretty much everyday, I get so many compliments about it and everyone seems shocked when I tell them what it is. 

On my eyes I have been loving the Colourpop x Zoella liquid shadow in the shade OG. It is a so so pigmented and it looks so pretty all over your lid. I have also been loving the liquid matte lipstick in the shade @me, this is a really nice pinky nude. I also really love the formula of this and wish I got it in the red. 

Face make up I have been loving is the Thin Lizzy foundation*, this is one of the best foundations I have ever used and it has so sadly ran out now, but it made my skin look great and was really long lasting. I recently ran out of my go-to primer so I decided to pick up a more affordable one from Makeup Revolution, considering it was only £6 I would say its very similar to Benefit Porefessional. 

Getting ready in the morning has been made so much nicer with my LUNA London mirror* which was kindly gifted to me, I love that it is a larger compact size, perfect for travelling and has a super zoomed mirror to get those close up images. 

Another scent I have been loving is from Superdrug, I picked this up in the January sales and I couldn’t recommend it enough. For such a cheap scent it smells amazing and it really reminds me of the Jo Malone scents.

I have also been using a face peel from Ecooking*, the first time I used it I got a little (very) worried a my whole face went bright red which looked like a sunburn, but it settled down, and I tried it again a few days later. I love using this a few times a week to help resurface my face and help with the tone of my skin.

And lastly, my go to skincare product which has made a huge impact on my skincare is the Radiance Oil from Freshly Cosmetics*. I use this everynight on my face and it has helped my skin so much, I have visibly less scars now!

Dermalogica |Skinfluencer {gifted}

Beauty

As a Dermalogica ‘Skinfluencer’ I am so lucky to receive amazing skincare which actually works on with my skin. I happened to upload an instagram story saying how I’d ran out of the Daily Microfoliant and Dermalogica messaged saying they would send me a new one, along with everything I received in my initial parcel.

I love using Dermalogica so much, I truly feel it is one of the only brands which actively helps my skin and prevents breakouts. I do use other skincare, but in the evenings I religiously stick to the Pre Cleanse, Cleanser and Microfoliant and I this has really helped.

Their primer is actually my favourite primer of all time, I used to love Benefit Porefessional, but the Dermalogica one has the same texture, but contains SPF, therefore making it a little bit better dare I say.

Dermalogica have also just released their new Prisma Protect SPF 30 daily moisturiser which seems amazing, I have yet to try it out as I am saving it for my summer holiday as I like to be bougie on holiday with expensive brands.

Assome! Bum Toner {gifted}

Beauty

I was recently contacted by the brand ASSOME! and asked if I wanted to try out their Ultrasonic Massager, I decided it would be a good idea with a few holidays coming up, and there was no harm in trying.

They claim “ASSOME! Ultrasonic Massager. It combines 3 cutting edge technologies – LED, radiofrequency and ultrasonic waves to fight cellulite and help lift and firm your booty in the comfort of your home”

So I am super excited to give it a go over the next three months and report back.

The kit retails for around £150, as it’s quite pricey I’m expecting to see results! I am going to use the device 3 times a week for the next three months, I have a ‘before’ photo so I can compare it at the end of the three months.

The kit comes with a gel, and 3 different serums (although I seem to have got a double of one). The kit online says this is a “one month supply”, so I am intrigued to see that after I’ve used up all the products will the device still be as effective?

So I shall see you back here in three months time and let you know how I got on!

New in: Freshly Cosmetics {gifted}

Beauty

Today I will be sharing a skincare brand that I really love, Freshly Cosmetics. Over the past year they have gifted me so many of their amazing products and so I thought I would share the most recent products from them.

They sent over a beautiful box which contained three of their staples for radiant skin, it contained an oil, eye serum and face serum.
I have started using the oil in my skincare routine nightly and love it, it really hydrates my skin. As it contains oils which help repair the skin, it is working wonders on my scars from spots!
I have also been using the eye serum, I apply this before the oil and allow time to sink in. I find it really refreshing and a great way to give your eye area a little massage before bed.
And lastly, a top up of the radiance serum. This serum comes out blue, and it sits on your face all night working its magic until you wash it off the next day.

And lastly, they have just launched a cleanser which is by far one of the cutest bottles I’ve seen. It smells amazing and is so gentle on your skin, I particularly like using this one in the morning just to refresh my skin.

New Hair Products | ESALON {gifted}

Beauty

I have recently just been gifted all these lovely hair products, as someone who refuses to spend money on their hair and would much rather spend money on skincare, I really am excited to give these a go.

At £13 a bottle for the shampoo and conditioner I can definitely say this is the most luxury product my hair has had, and probably will have.

My hair is pretty ok most the time, but occasionally it does get a bit dry, so the moisture shampoo and conditioner will be great for locking in the moisture, especially in the hotter months.

I am a huge lover of leave in conditioner, this one provides moisture and stops frizz all day long, another product perfect for the summer. Along with the leave in conditioner, I was also sent some hair oil, I love oil in the summer, when I’m on holiday and I’m doing minimal hair styling, it works so perfectly to tame my hair and make it look healthy.

You can check out their website here to get products suitable to your hair.



Pixi Skin treats {gifted}

Beauty

Last week I received this wonderful parcel from Pixi Beauty, again! I still cannot believe I have made it onto their PR list and now receive amazing this like this so often!

Skin care is my absolute favourite thing to try out, especially masks, so the fact that this came with loads of different masks to try out is brilliant.

I have never tried any of the Pixi masks before, but it’s safe to say that on the day I received them, I did some multi masking and tested out a few.

I use their Glow Tonic every night, so I was really happy to see that they do matching sheet masks! And, also really love that I now have 30 pairs of eye masks!

The Peel & Polish will be a new staple in my skincare routine as I can see this helping my skin out, by sorting out the texture along with the Glow Mud Mask.

I cannot wait to test all of these out and start including them in my skincare routine!

Thank you so much Pixi for sending me all of this to try out!

jecca black. sculpt & soften palette

Beauty

I was very kindly sent the new Sculpt and Soften palette from Jecca. They are a brand who does not just aim makeup at females, instead they aim it for anyone which I think is a really great idea. The palette is also vegan and cruelty free.

The sculpt palette contains a cream highlighter which is the perfect shade for me, it is really creamy and light weight and will be perfect for my under eye area.

The contour shade is a lovely rich bronze shade, I use cream bronzers like this everyday anyway so this is the perfect addition to my collection.

I really like how compact the palette is as it will be ideal for travelling.

You can pick up your own palette here